Barnwell tennis team closes season

  • Chris Sullivan scored a tiebreaker victory in his playoff match against Hannah-Pamplico.

The Barnwell High tennis team had a good run this season. The Warhorses won 13 matches and advanced to the Lower State Finals for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Unfortunatley for the Warhorses, Lower State would be their final stop Wednesday as they ended the season in a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Academic Magnet High.

“I can’t be more proud of a group of players. They really developed this season,” Barnwell High coach Jeff Miller said. “This team is very young and continues to be better. I’m looking forward to many competitive years to come.”

The Warhorses’ trip to Lower State was made possible by the team’s dominating performance over Hannah-Pamplico High on May 8 in the second round of the playoffs.

In that match, Barnwell’s top player Sam Ben Solomons got the troops going with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kyle Drew.

Chris Sullivan worked up a sweat against Dillon Jones of Hannah-Pamplico in No. 2 singles play. Sullivan, however, survived the match in a tiebreaker with scores of 6-0, 2-5, 10-7.

In No. 3 singles, Jackson Solomons was also in a battle against Connor Hudson. Solomons got off to a horrible start with a 0-6 loss in the first set. Solomons, however, bounced back to take the final two sets with scores of 6-3 and 11-9.

Barnwell High’s Lionel Mason followed suit with a straight set 6-4, 6-4 win over Colton Mims.

In No. 5 singles, Animesha Sahu of BHS knocked off Dalton Miller with scores of 6-3 and 7-5.

In doubles action, the Warhorse tandem of Collin Sitton and Rithvik Oruganti was victorious over KJ Lowhon and Colin Gibbs by scores of 6-0 and 6-2.